What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: The Kadou Enshu style of ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, has became extremely popular. This beautiful video demonstrates how to make a classic ikebana by artistically bending each cherry tree branch and carefully placing it. The result is a striking work of art!!

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This film highlights the use of art as a therapeutic tool. Two perspectives are showcased within this film: the perspective of an art educator who works with adolescents and the perspective of an art therapist who works with the adult developmentally disabled population.


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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: This 160 feet tall sculpture by Janet Echelman changes shape with the wind. It is suspended over a three-lane highway roundabout in Porto, Portugal. Sculpture Magazine described it as "one of the truly significant artworks in recent years". Visit Janet's website ( to see more of her artwork that spans the globe.


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by Jean Walker

No matter what our circumstances, all of us must come to terms with the fact that life wounds us, both psychologically and in other ways.  This is the nature of being human. To live in this world is to know suffering. Ironically, that which wounds us can also make us stronger and more resilient. Just as our physical body is equipped with in-built healing mechanisms that adapt to stresses and strains and invading organisms, so the human psyche has inherent drives and capacities for healing and wholeness...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: A succinct, intelligent article which looks at the natural healing tendencies of the psyche and how art therapy taps into this natural resource.


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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Dr. Bruce Moon, BA, BSc, B Env Sc (Hons), GDURP, Grad Dip Ed, M Pub Pol, PhD answers four interview questions about his career, his students, and a few other interesting topics. Dr. Moon is a the Director of Graduate Studies in the Art Therapy Department at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Moon has received many distinguished awards and has many publications. He is a highly regarded speaker on art therapy throughout the world.

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by Andrea F. Polard, PsyD
Reviewed by Rebecca Countess

A Unified Theory of Happiness (published April 2012) is basically a manual to help you understand happiness and transform your individual life experience. Dr. Andrea Polard has spent nearly twenty years exploring happiness...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Dr. Andrea Polard has been researching happiness for almost twenty years and has spent twelve of those years writing this book. Many books focus on just one or two aspects of happiness. This book takes into consideration the whole of life with all its dynamic complexity and offers concrete suggestions and practical exercises. In this way, the book becomes a personalized guide.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: A documentary of the Cottage Studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where those with serious mental illnesses may pursue art. The artists had the opportunity to prepare for and hang a show of their work at an opening at a commercial gallery. The documentary deals with their preparation for the show, the show itself, and in-depth interviews with three of the artists. While the story is about the preparation for a serious gallery opening culminating in that opening, the interviews explore the very issue of schizophrenia, the lives of the people it affects and the role of artistic expression in their recovery.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I view Art Therapy in a very broad sense, some of which comes under the banner of 'the creative process is a healing and empowering act of self-love and selfhood, of making an internal process visible in the external world.' This video, made by a person recovering from an Eating Disorder, is a beautiful example of that. The video caption reads ... 'So I thought I'd share with you all some of the wonderful things that recovery has taught me. Hopefuly this will inspire some of you and remind you to KEEP FIGHTING EVERY DAY!'


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by Jenn Bender

Chalices have been used across many cultures and religions. A chalice differs from a goblet or a wine glass in that traditionally it was reserved for use in sacred ceremonies and not as an everyday drinking cup. A chalice is a sacred and holy vessel, just as you are...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Jenn Bender's guided imagery in this article is very art-like and visual. In art therapy, we use rich visualizations and Jenn Bender has mastered this art. In this article she reminds us that, like a chalice, we are sacred and holy vessels. This is a spiritual and sensorial journey into the essence of our sacred being.


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by Ed Oechslie, ATR-BC

Art therapy is proven to be an effective treatment modality for all disorders our agency treats and it is an important part of our program, but finding qualified art therapists is challenging. Maine does not license art therapists, although there are licenses for social workers and clinical counselors...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Board certified art therapist, Ed Oechslie, discusses the value of art therapy qualifications for hiring purposes.



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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This video portfolio of mixed media projects for the Introduction to Art course in the Elementary Classroom at Northern Michigan University for Prof. Letts in 2010 shows that many art students come to realise the greater power inherent in artmaking than the mere making of art. "Life of the Bird" by the Cinematic Orchestra is the background music.


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by Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC,
ATH Co-Editor of Art & Art Therapy

Body Mapping is a technique used by art therapist's to help clients illustrate, identify, and give voice to their chronic pain. I have found over the years through working with clients with chronic pain that there is a connection between emotional trauma and chronic physical pain symptoms. My 42 year old client, Christine, is a perfect example...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Listen to your body! Please don’t ignore physical pain. Understand that some forms of chronic pain are rooted in emotional trauma, which can be illustrated, given a voice, and healed!


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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